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COVID-19: NPHET seeks return to basics as Covid-19 cases continue to rise

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) is urging the Irish population to return to basics as cases of Covid-19 took an unexpected rise within recent days.

The head of NPHET’s modelling Professor Philip Nolan said the high vaccination rate in the country is preventing a surge of infections.

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Nolan said there is a balance between relying on vaccination rates, as well as people’s behaviour to keep the virus rates under control, which has changed in recent weeks.

“Fundamentally we’re on a knife-edge here, balanced between the protection of vaccination, which is offering this huge protection,” he said.

“For people who are not yet vaccinated or haven’t completed their vaccination regimen, we as a society need to do everything we can to encourage and support those people to take up the vaccine, for whatever reason they’ve avoided to date, see what can we do to encourage them.”

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Nolan went on to say that people who are vaccinated should continue to observe the basic measures, including mask-wearing and not going out when experiencing symptoms.

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